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Planarity testing and embedding algorithms.

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This thesis deals with several aspects of planar graphs, and some of the problems associated with non-planar graphs. Chapter 1 is devoted to introducing some of the fundamental notation and tools used in the remainder of the thesis. Graphs serve as useful models of electronic circuits. It is often of interest to know if a given electronic circuit has a layout on the plane so that no two wires cross. In Chapter 2, three efficient algorithms are described for determining whether a given 2-connected graph (which may model such a circuit) is planar. The first planarity testing algorithm uses a path addition approach. Although this algorithm is efficient, it does not have linear complexity. However, the second planarity testing algorithm has linear complexity, and uses a recursive fragment addition technique. The last planarity testing algorithm also has linear complexity, and relies on a relatively new data structure called PQ-trees which have several important applications to planar graphs. This algorithm uses a vertex addition technique. Chapter 3 further develops the idea of modelling an electronic circuit using a graph. Knowing that a given electronic circuit may be placed in the plane with no wires crossing is often insufficient. For example, some electronic circuits often have in excess of 100 000 nodes. Thus, obtaining a description of such a layout is important. In Chapter 3 we study two algorithms for obtaining such a description, both of which rely on the PQ-tree data structure. The first algorithm determines a rotational embedding of a 2-connected graph. Given a rotational embedding of a 2-connected graph, the second algorithm determines if a convex drawing of a graph is possible. If a convex drawing is possible, then we output the convex drawing. In Chapter 4, we concern ourselves with graphs that have failed a planarity test of Chapter 2. This is of particular importance, since complex electronic circuits often do not allow a layout on the plane. We study three different ways of approaching the problem of an electronic circuit modelled on a non-planar graph, all of which use the PQ-tree data structure. We study an algorithm for finding an upper bound on the thickness of a graph, an algorithm for determining the subgraphs of a non-planar graph which are subdivisions of the Kuratowski graphs K5 and K3,3, and lastly we present a new algorithm for finding an upper bound on the genus of a non-planar graph.


Thesis (M.Sc.)-University of Natal, Durban,1990.


Graph theory., Algorithms., Theses--Computer science.